When dreaming of open-water walleye adventures in the months ahead, it’s easy to envision hordes of hungry ’eyes eager to inhale our offerings.

Of course, reality is often a bit different. Challenges ranging from foul weather to fishing pressure can make hookups hard to come by — but not impossible.

One common scenario in lakes across Lindy Land is an abundance of baitfish during the early summer period. Walleyes can feed at will, making them picky eaters and harder to fool than when food is scarce.

Fishing waters flush with forage can be an intimidating and frustrating proposition. But you can still enjoy great days on the water.

Lindy pro and veteran guide Jeff Sundin turns the tables by showing the fish something bigger and better than what’s on the natural menu.

He starts by finding prime walleye feeding areas such as marl-bottomed, mid-depth flats where insect hatches draw large schools of small perch and other bite-sized baitfish.

Rather than dropping lures or baits into the feeding frenzy, Sundin looks for nearby cover and structure where walleyes rest between binges. Deep weed flats, deep points and inside corners on main-lake breaklines are all worth checking.

Sundin’s setup of choice for tempting these resting fish is a Lindy Rig with a super-size nightcrawler, leech or minnow.

“Large baits get walleyes’ attention, boost your chances of catching big fish, and keep small perch from robbing you blind,” he said.

He favors a standard 72-inch snell, with a size 1/0 hook for minnows and size 6 hook for leeches and crawlers, and weights the rig with a 3/8-ounce Lindy No-Snagg. Threading a large bead on both sides of the sinker helps protect the snell knot and his rodtip. 

Moving anywhere from .5 mph to a bit faster for active fish, he works his way around the resting grounds, siphoning up food-fest walleyes other anglers miss. By following his lead, you can enjoy similar success on lakes across the Midwest this season.